More than two years ago, we launched Copay – our open source bitcoin wallet platform. Copay allows us to innovate on the bitcoin payment experience and to build better payment tools for our bitcoin-accepting companies like Steam, Shopify, and Microsoft.
If there's anything we've learned, it's that a truly secure, user-friendly payment experience is key to bitcoin's success as a payment method. Today we're releasing a new app for mobile and desktop that we believe achieves just that.
Built on our Copay platform, the BitPay app is a secure, open source wallet app that brings together the best features and integrations of the BitPay payment experience.
The app goes further than anything we've done before to help bitcoin users store, secure, and spend bitcoin – without compromising on security or usability.
Buy, convert, and spend your bitcoin – all in one app
If you're a bitcoin user, one of your biggest problems is finding places to spend your bitcoin. Converting fiat currencies into bitcoin – and vice-versa – can take days, multiple accounts, and multiple apps.
As bitcoin users ourselves, we know that it can be hard to make life on bitcoin work. The BitPay app is our way of making it a bit easier.
Our integration with bitcoin exchange Glidera lets you buy and sell bitcoin directly to and from addresses you control. That means you never have to store your bitcoin in an exchange account.
If you have a BitPay Visa® Prepaid Debit Card, you can manage and load it (with 0% fees for bitcoin loads) directly from the BitPay app. From there, just swipe your card with any Visa® merchant or instantly withdraw cash from any Visa®-compatible ATM.
Secure and store your bitcoin, your way.
Bitcoin isn't meant to be stored on a website or account. Websites can get hacked, and insurance typically only covers “online” funds – often less than 10% of your money.
With a true bitcoin wallet, your private keys and your money remain in your control at all times. Not even BitPay can access your money.
Split your funds across multiple wallets. Create a spending wallet for regular transactions. Start a shared multiple-signature wallet with your friends or coworkers. You can even set up multi-device authentication and require up to 6 different devices to authorize outgoing payments.
Get up and running fast with bitcoin security.
It's not always simple to get started with bitcoin or to take control of your own financial security. We designed the BitPay app to provide features hardcore bitcoin users want and the simplicity new bitcoin users need.
When you first install the app, a simple onboarding flow guides you through the process of creating and backing up a secure bitcoin wallet. Once you have a wallet, we provide the powerful features and guidance you need to manage your bitcoin like a pro.
Open source, no exceptions.
By providing an officially-supported, BitPay distribution of the Copay project, we are able to more tightly integrate BitPay-powered services into the experience, while still allowing the Copay project to remain true to it's open source nature.
We will continue to release Copay for all platforms, and the Copay project will continue to be the primary "development head" for BitPay. We're excited to continue developing Copay to be the world's most powerful and open bitcoin wallet platform, and BitPay as the best way to secure and manage your bitcoin.
If you're interested in building the future of bitcoin, there's never been a better time to get involved. We've already created the pull request to Copay to bring in the improvements we've made to the platform while this app was being developed. We'd love to hear your feedback, work with you on new development, and pull in your ideas.
Take control of your money.
We believe bitcoin is the future of payments. We're excited to share this new product with you, and we look forward to your feedback as we continue to build a platform for the future of bitcoin.